Today we take a glimpse into the life of one of the Church’s most holy Popes, Saint Pope Pius X. He was a strong man that didn’t mince words when it came to defending the Faith that Christ had handed down. He was in all sense of the words, “A man of God.” As we remember him on this day, let us ask his intercession, that we may be bold, and not be afraid to defend the Truth at all costs and refuse to submit our hearts and minds to the plague of modernism that threatens to engulf our Holy Mother Church.
“Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the ‘Son of Perdition’ ‘Antichrist’ of whom the Apostle speaks.”
Pope St. Pius X, E. Supremi Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903.
Saint Pope Pius X had some very special important things to say about the Blessed Mother and Her role in God’s plan of redemption.
“Let the storm rage and the sky darken – not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful “who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.”– Saint Pope Pius X
“God could have given us the Redeemer of the human race, and the Founder of the Faiths in another way than through the Virgin, but since Divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the Man-God through Mary, who conceived Him by the Holy Spirit and bore Him in her womb, it only remains for us to receive Christ from the hands of Mary.” – Saint Pope Pius X
In a day and age when people are afraid to assert the Truth that God sent Jesus to save man from his sins, and the way He did this was to institute the Church for all generations…we need to find the courage to stand by these Truths and remember what Pope Pius X said about this….
“Now the way to reach Christ is not hard to find: it is the Church. Rightly does Chrysostom inculcate: “The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge.” (Hom. de capto Euthropio, n. 6.) It was for this that Christ founded it, gaining it at the price of His blood, and made it the depository of His doctrine and His laws, bestowing upon it at the same time an inexhaustible treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of men. You see, then, Venerable Brethren, the duty that has been imposed alike upon Us and upon you of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church will then subject it to Christ, and Christ to God.”
PRAYER TO ST. PIUS X
Glorious Pontiff, Saint Pius, devoted servant of our Lord and loving child of Mary, I invoke you as a Saint in Heaven. I give myself to you that you may always be my father, My protector, and my guide in the way of holiness and salvation. Aid me in observing the duties of my state of life. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent Love of the interior life after your own example.
Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, teach me to love Holy Mass And Holy Communion as the source of all grace and holiness, And to receive this Sacrament as often as I can. Gentle father of the poor, help me to imitate your charity Toward my fellow men in word and deed. Consoler of the suffering, help me to bear my daily cross patiently And with perfect resignation to the will of God. Loving Shepherd of the flock of Christ, obtain for me the grace Of being a true child of Holy Mother Church.
Saint Pius, beloved Holy Father, I humbly implore your powerful Intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the Graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I recommend to you in particular this favor ………………….(mention your request).
Great Pontiff, whom Holy Mother Church has raised to the honor Of our altars and urged me to invoke and imitate as a Saint, I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, My petition will be granted through your intercession for Me at the throne of God.
Saint Pius, pray for me and for those, I love. I beg of you by your love Jesus and Mary, do not abandon us in our needs. May we experience the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.
(In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed on Saint Pius X say: Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father….3 times)